Evaluating Information Sources: Links
How to spot a fake review
- You can’t always trust online customer reviews as there are ways sellers can get around the system. This guide, from Which?, explains how to spot a fake review.
5 ways to identify a phishing site
- Is that site real or fake? Some tips on how to spot a phishing site, so you can avoid handing over sensitive information
Google Safe Browsing Check
- Paste the URL you're not sure about and click Check. PhishingCheck analyzes the URL and displays the real destination of the URL
- You can search to see whether a website is currently dangerous to visit
PSafe Dfndr Lab Suspicious Link Checker
- Similar to Google's check above, paste a URL into the search box and see if the link is safe or malicious
The CRAAP Test
The CRAAP Test and Wikipedia
- Prezi (presentation) with a worked example of applying the CRAAP test and also asks does Wikipedia pass the CRAAP test?
SIFT: Online Verification Skills
- Four short videos on the SIFT process to verify information sources
Fake News & Fact Checking
5 Ways to Spot Fake News
- These five tips can help you weed out the real from the completely made up.
Be Media Smart
- A public awareness campaign to encourage people of all ages to check that information they see, read or hear across any media platform is reliable. Created by Media Literacy Ireland.
BBC News Reality Check
- BBC Reality Check is dedicated to examining the facts and claims behind a story to try to determine whether or not it is true
Channel 4 Fact Check
- Testing the claims of people in power
- A nonpartisan, nonprofit “consumer advocate” for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics
Fact or Opinion?
- Part of the BBC Skillswise site, this section looks at the differences between fact and opinion. Includes videos and downloadable worksheets
How to Choose Your News
- TED Talk on how opinions and facts (and sometimes non-facts) make their way into the news and how the smart reader can tell them apart.
Google Reverse Image Search
- Suspicious about a photograph or image? This will help you find the original source of photographs, memes and profile pictures
- The Internet’s definitive fact-checking resource
This One Weird Trick Will Help You Spot Clickbait
- TED Talk explaining how to read past clickbait and avoid being mislead by attention-seeking headlines
Wikipedia: List of Fake News Sites
- A dynamic and incomplete list of fake news sites, which intentionally, but not necessarily solely, publish hoaxes and disinformation for purposes other than news satire
Satire and Parody Sites
- Self-described as "America's finest news source" (warning: it's not a news source), the oldest and perhaps best satirical news site.
- Irish satirical news website
Wikipedia: List of Satirical News Sites
- A dynamic and incomplete list of satirical news websites, which mostly consist of fake news stories for mainly humorous purposes
Alexa: The Top 50 Sites on the Web
- Alexa is an American web traffic analysis company who keep track of the most popular websites. Where's Wikipedia right now?
How a Raccoon Became an Aardvark
- Article from the magazine The New Yorker, discussing the "Brazilain Aardvark" Wikipedia insertion
NBC: Student hoaxes world's media through Wikipedia
- News article on the fake Maurice Jarre quote
- Wikipedia's article on itself
Wikipedia: Academic Use
- Wikipedia's on suggestions on using Wikipedia for academic work
Wikipedia: List of Other Wikis
- A list of notable sites that use the Wikipedia model. This list isn't complete or comprehensive
Wikipedia: Risk Disclaimer
- A Wikipedia notice indicating that Wikipedia is used at a user's own risk
Wikipedia: Wikipedia Is Not a Reliable Source
- Straight from the horses mouth: why Wikipedia should not be used for research
Wikipedia: Why Wikipedia Is Not So Great
- A short essay on why Wikipedia is bad
Wikipedia: Why Wikipedia Is So Great
- A short essay on why Wikipedia is good